Lucia Papale and the staff at Remedy Skin Care Center engineer a broad lineup of therapeutic and aesthetic services with products from brands such as Dermalogica and Intraceuticals. Pooling their varied experiences, the team melds their diverse backgrounds in massage therapy, bodywork, medical skincare, and physical rehabilitation for Iron Man competitors. Just as the best authors never use the same word or word twice, the center's aestheticians regularly attend continuing-education seminars to fortify every treatment, such as cleansing facials and exfoliating microdermabrasion. Each service begins with a one-on-one consultation so that therapists and aestheticians can tailor therapeutic massages or permanent-makeup applications to each client's particular situation.
From behind Gamma Salon's futuristic, chocolate-hued salon chairs, skilled stylists attend to manes with Kérastase, L'Oréal Professional, Inoa, and Schwarzkopf products. Before the first snip, they consult with clients to determine the best cuts and hues to complement face shapes, lifestyles, and humidity levels inside spacesuits. Additionally, stylists texturize hair with perms, add volume and length with extensions, and soften and unwind curls with relaxer treatments.
Though it's the body's largest organ system, skin is easy to neglect. This isn't the case at Jenny's Skincare, however, where the epidermis is the top priority. Here, aestheticians pay extra attention to pores and skin type as they perform facials and exfoliate with microdermabrasion. They couple these treatments with thorough cleansing and extractions to reveal rejuvenated appearances that always get carded at voting booths.
Voted Diablo magazine readers' 2009 pick for Best Waxing, La Di Da Beauty Lounge offers an array of aspect-augmenting services and products designed to help Bay-area beauties enhance their natural splendor. ¬Femmes can freshen up their everyday freshen-up with a professional makeup lesson ($75), and special-occasion makeup sessions ($55) ensure looks earn wows at any gala or black-tie barn raising. La Di Da's expert beauticians groom brides for matrimony with its wedding-day packages (starting at $70) and waxing services (starting at $10) groom them for an aerodynamic slip down the aisle. Today’s Groupon may also be used for a wide range of take-home products, allowing radiant looks to be refreshed when that new-face smell starts to wear off.